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Vesuvius

Europe's Most Dangerous Volcano?

Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, burying such cities as Pompeii and Herculaneum under ash and mudflow. Excavations in the mid-18th century marked the start of the modern science of archaeology. Workers uncovered whole cities: roads, public buildings, private homes beautifully decorated with wall paintings and mosaics, and human remains.

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Forging Shakespeare to Impress His Dad

William-Henry Ireland's father thought he was dull, uninspired, and talentless. So William-Henry began a project that would lead to national excitement, a riot, and with any luck, the love and adoration of his father. He forged an “undiscovered” new play by William Shakespeare—and it actually premiered on a London stage.

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Travel back to a time when when doing laundry was a multi-day task, the United States did not exist, and electricity was a new discovery. Digitized for our valued subscribers, we’ve curated some of the best of the original 2,500 pages, with articles and engravings.

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Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction

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These extinct reptiles are a source of fascination for young and old. Explore six of the more than 1,000 known species of dinosaur.

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